Rusty Mae Moore, educator and transgender activist, dies at 80

In the late 1950s, Ms. Moore moved to Evanston, Illinois to attend Northwestern University. She studied business with a minor in Russian studies.

While at Northwestern, Ms. Moore met Nancy Voigt Wedemeyer; they married in 1963. Soon after, they moved to Medford, Massachusetts, where Ms. Moore earned a master’s degree and doctorate in law and diplomacy from Tufts University.

While earning her doctorate, she worked intermittently at Rockwell International in Detroit, taught at a Brazilian business school, and worked at General Motors in São Paulo, Brazil. Her first child, Jonica, was born in Brazil.

After completing his Ph.D. in 1969, she spent a semester teaching at Arizona State University before accepting a professorship of business at the University of Texas at Austin. While working there, Mrs. Moore and his wife divorced, and Mrs. Wedemeyer decided to stay in Texas with their daughter.

Ms. Moore returned to the Northeast in 1974, accepting a position as a business professor at New York University.

She married Sara Lee Zug in 1978. They had a daughter, Amanda, that year and a son, Colin, in 1983.

Ms. Moore began teaching at Hofstra University, Long Island, in 1979. She was Associate Dean of Hofstra School of Business from 1982 to 1985 and Director of Hofstra University’s Institute of Business Research. until 1991. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 1986 and 1987. Fluent in six languages, she also spent semesters teaching in Russia and the Netherlands. She continued to teach at Hofstra until 2011.

Ms Moore and Ms Zug separated in the early 1990s and later divorced. In 1992, Ms. Moore began attending a transgender support group in Lower Manhattan; soon after, she walked out to her family and returned to her class as Rusty Mae.

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